Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Reporter-Herald of Loveland, Colorado, the 14th most populous city in that state. It’s titled Evolution teaches unwanted lessons. There’s a comments section at the end.
The letter-writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t use his full name. His first name is Martin. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
[T]he evolutionary process has been the exclusive teaching about the origins of the universe and of life for a goodly number of years in our public schools. And I believe there is growing evidence that the lessons of evolution have been taking hold in the minds and hearts of generation upon generation.
Oooooooh! The lessons have been taking hold. What does Martin mean by that? Stay with us, all will be revealed:
When a child accepts the notion that they are little more than an accident of nature, it will tend to show up in their self-concept and in their behavior. When they learn that it’s survival of the fittest, and they must look out for their own survival, it affects their sense of purpose in life.
Yes! Evolution teaches children they’re worthless, and that they should behave aggressively. It’s so obvious! Let’s read on:
When they learn that after death they merely decompose back to the basic elements, it becomes easier for them to take their own life if they lose hope. Suicide is a simple solution, especially if they face death anyway for having taken the lives of others as payback for some “wrong” they have felt.
Right again! Why else would kids go around killing people and then killing themselves? It’s because they were taught evolution! Martin continues:
Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick laid it out for us years ago in the song, “What’s it All About, Alfie?”
“What’s it all about Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live? What’s it all about when you sort it out, Alfie? Are we meant to take more than we give? Or are we meant to be kind? And if only fools are kind, Alfie, then I guess it is wise to be cruel.”
We haven’t seen anything like that in one of these letters. Perhaps we should adopt it as our theme song. Here’s more from Martin:
Don’t we have ample proof that our children are learning the lessons of evolution? Bullying has become a way of life in the hallways of our schools. Outright assault becomes more and more frequent. School doors are locked against those who would seek to enhance their own lives by taking life from others.
Verily, it’s undeniable. Evolution is to blame! And now we come to the end:
Children are no longer learning that there is a God who loves them dearly. Evolution rules.
Martin is right. Look what Darwin has done to the world!
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